Originally Posted by Tuckerfan
Okay, so a buddy of mine is convinced that the government is using HAARP to "pump up" and control hurricanes, which, of course, is impossible. I realize that it's probably hopeless, but I'm hoping that if I can find a source which explains the power of hurricanes in the power of electrical energy, he'll see that there's simply no bloody way we could produce enough juice to kick a hurricane up from one category to another. So anybody know of such a cite?
Pump up, no; that requires far more energy than we can put into a hurricane. As far as steering them goes, I have heard claims that the military has experimented/intends to experiment with creating low pressure zones by using very a powerful radio beam to push up a local area of the ionosphere. The facility was somewhere in Alask IIRC. I believe I last read about it in one of those Project Censored books, for what it's worth.
The book was critical of the plan ( assuming it exists ); IIRC the reasons were :
If it works, the military will screw with the weather without knowing what they are doing, with unknown results.
If it doesn't work, it's a big waste of money.
It's a weapon of mass destruction, and one more likely to hurt civilians than anyone else.
Producing that much radio energy is likely to screw up electronics all over Alaska; frying someone's pacemaker in Anchorage isn't what the military is supposed to be doing.